by Cameron Parker, Pollock Pines, CA
We were on our way back home after a week in Yellowstone National Park when we found ourselves all alone at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. It was just me and my wife (and her camera).
We couldn’t get it up to top speed because of the wet sand. We still had a blast driving our naturally aspirated 2009 Impreza on the flats.
Editor’s Note: Driveperformance.subaru.com is read around the world. Here’s an email sent to us from Australia.
by Helmut Ahamer, Penrose, New South Wales, Australia
I’ve been a fan of the World Rally Championship for a long time, but nothing was more exciting than to own my own rally-bred machine – my first Subaru, which I bought in 1999, was an Impreza WRX (Australia).
Since then I have owned only Subaru.
I currently have three Subaru WRX STi models, and all have their own stories.
Version 3 STi Type-RA: I built this from a GX Impreza and a Japanese Import Version 3 STi Type-RA. The purpose was to compete in the Australian Rally Championship. Which we did! It’s amazing how well-engineered Subaru vehicles are and how symmetrical the chassis actually is. All we really needed was 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, and 32mm sockets and spanners, and we went to work. We have done lots of rallies now, and it’s still going strong!
Version 5 STi Coupe (pictured above): This was an Australian-delivered vehicle, which I then turned into a 22B WRC in memory of Richard Burns, one of the greatest drivers for Subaru. (It’s also signed by Petter Solberg!)
Version 5 STi Type-R V-Limited: I bought this car in the UK and then converted it from right-hand drive to left-hand drive to enjoy the twisting roads Europe has to offer. I’ve taken it up and over the Alps and also a few laps of the famous Nürburgring in Germany. Even though the car is more than 10 years old, it still was keeping up with some of the newer BMWs and the like.
I would love to see Subaru return to the World Rally Championship. Your fans are still out there wearing blue!